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MOVIE REVIEW: Why YOU (& Your KIDS) Should See “Love, Simon”

I took my 13-year-old daughter to a screening of Love, Simon last night. We both laughed and cried our way through this tale of a high-school senior (an adorable Nick Robinson) who is struggling to come out to his friends and family. It’s a sweet, if not entirely realistic story about the desire for love and acceptance, but when the lights came up, I could tell it meant much more to my daughter.
“Oh WOW,” she gushed. “I just want to watch it all over again, right now!”
Emma related to Love, Simon the same way I did to my favorite John Hughes’ movies, like Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. She also appreciated it’s messages of empathy and courage, which go beyond the question of coming out to one’s family. Kids drop truth-bombs on their parents regularly, so they know that even little disclosures, like bad grades or big mistakes, take their own type of courage. Love, Simon shows kids that families can weather disclosures, big and small, and still love and support each other.
I encourage parents to see Love, Simon with their older kids (it’s rated PG-13 for profanity, some sexual references, and images of kids drinking alcohol) to help open the door to those types of conversations. I also suspect that this film will inspire kids to “come out” about all sorts of things, from sexual preference and gender identity, to depression issues or even eating disorders. Love, Simon has the potential to motivate kids in a positive way and, if they are inspired to bravery, we as parents and care-givers should rise to the occasion, as well. Continue reading →

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FREE PASSES to “Love Simon” (& a quick review of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”)

I promise I’ll get around to talking about Love, Simon in just a minute. First though, I want to talk about this new Netflix show that my kids and I can’t get enough of. It’s Queer Eye, which is an updated version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy from 2003. I didn’t expect to like this new cast as much as the original, but I’ll be damned if they don’t have me and my daughters happy-crying on nightly basis. In fact, we were watching last night when they helped a young man who wanted to come out to a family member (apparently they don’t just help straight guys these days). In a show of solidarity, each of the Queer Eye hosts talked about their own difficulties coming out to friends and family. It was incredible, imagining that these confident, sparkling men could ever be insecure or scared. Once again, I was crying but it also made me especially excited about Love, Simon. This movie tells the story of a high-school boy (Nick Robinson from Jurassic World and The Kings of Summer) who struggles to share his long-held secret, and I think the Queer Eye guys would love it! If you would love it too, Continue reading →

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Chatting About MAY MOVIES on “Good Morning Texas”

I know what you’re asking yourself today.

What am I supposed to do AFTER I’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Well, you could go see another movie (after you’ve seen GOTG2 a second and third time, of course). Believe it or not, there ARE other films opening this month and some of them look fantastic. I was on Good Morning Texas last week, discussing the phenomenon of movies that AREN’T Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and you can watch that by clicking HERE. I didn’t get a chance to cover every interesting movie that’s opening this month, so I made a handy list for you with links to purchase tickets. Find that below, and remember that we won’t judge if you panic and just go see that new Guardians movie again. Continue reading →

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TOP 5 MOVIES to See with Your Kids Over Spring Break

My kids were out of school for Spring Break last week, so I’m actually late with this post. Forgive me, but I was simply too busy running around the beach, trying to convince myself it wasn’t cloudy and 65 degrees. Our break is earlier than most schools though, so you might still be planning yours. There’s always at least one cloudy Spring Break day that’s best spent in a theater, so here are my Top 5 to Films See with Your Kids over Spring Break:

5. My first pick is Miracles from Heaven, but this one comes with conditions. This is a faith-based movie (even produced by T.D. Jakes) so there’s lots of God Talk. If that makes you uncomfortable, prepare to be totally gooned out. Jennifer Garner stars and keeps it from getting too heavy-handed, so don’t scratch it off your list entirely. Miracles from Heaven is also based on the true story of a very sick little girl, which is often difficult to watch. It might be too much for more sensitive viewers, but it might be just right for your crew. Here’s a link to my original review, which was actually made by my daughters and some of their friends. Check it out first, if you can’t decide about the movie.
http://juliesaysso.com/podcast-kids-review-jennifer-garners-miracles-from-heaven/ Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Kids Review Jennifer Garner’s “Miracles from Heaven”


Christy Beam and her family were living in Burleson, Texas when one of her daughters became gravely ill. It was the start of a long and difficult journey for the Beam family, and one that ended in the most unexpected way. Miracles from Heaven is the film version of their story and it stars a fantastic Jennifer Garner.

There are a few things you should know before you see Miracles from Heaven. It’s a faith-based film so it might makes those who don’t appreciate religious messages a little uncomfortable. Miracles from Heaven goes beyond that though, and makes the point that people are capable of small miracles every day.

Miracles from Heaven is also about kids, but it might not be appropriate for the more sensitive ones. It’s difficult for grown-ups to watch suffering children, but it was almost unbearable for my 11-year-old. She cried and asked to leave more than once, but stayed when I promised her there was a happy ending.

We saw Miracles from Heaven with a group of kids so I decided it’d be more fun to hear their thoughts on the movie. Check out their review below and thanks to Emma, Lucy, Madison and Wyatt for being Film Critics for a Day.

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Miracles From Heaven” On Me!

Miracles From Heaven has everything a parent could want. It has inspirational messages about faith and hope and how miracles can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places. It also stars Jennifer Garner as a desperate mother, and I think we’re all cheering for Ms. Garner right now. In fact, someone just sent me this short of her reading Go the F*ck to Sleep and it’s about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

I imagine Jennifer Garner has cleaned up her language a great deal for Miracles From Heaven so click HERE to snag free passes to that and then watch the trailer. Oh don’t worry, this one IS safe for work!